DIAMOND HORSESHOE BALL Kicks Off Pittsburgh Opera's 79th Season

Living for love and art, Diamond Horseshoe Ball kicks off Pittsburgh Opera's 79th season

Live for love, and live for art, as Pittsburgh Opera kicks off its 79th season with the dazzling Diamond Horseshoe Ball on Friday, September 22nd, at the historic Omni William Penn Hotel!

This year's Chairs are Dr. Vonda Wright, a renowned orthopedic surgeon with UPMC, and her husband Peter Taglianetti, a Stanley Cup winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Setting a sumptuous theme for the evening is Puccini's powerful opera Tosca, with its famous "Vissi d'arte" ("I lived for love, I lived for art.") Tosca opens the Pittsburgh Opera season at the Benedum Center October 7th - 15th.

The event will take place in the hotel's Grand Ballroom, under the same gleaming chandeliers as the very first Diamond Horseshoe Ball. Featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, performances by Pittsburgh Opera's much-loved Resident Artists, live and silent auctions, and dancing to the high-energy Elite Show Band, the Diamond Horseshoe Ball is not to be missed.

WTAE-TV Channel 4's legendary broadcaster Sally Wiggin and international star mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti will preside over the Live Auction, which offers tantalizing and exclusive items such as a private dinner party for 12 at the famous James Beard House in New York City, and much more to be released. The Silent Auction and Live Auction will be available to Ball attendees and the general public starting September 8th via online bidding.

The stunning décor and lighting will be by returning favorite LUXE Creative.

Tickets can be purchased online. Ticket levels are:

· Young Professionals Patron, $250 - for those ages 35 and under, which includes entrance into the cocktail reception and dinner

· Patron, $400 - which includes entrance into the cocktail reception and dinner

· Benefactor, $600 - which includes the cocktail reception and priority seating at dinner

· Host Committee, $700 - which includes the cocktail reception, priority seating at dinner, and acknowledgement in the program book and invitation

· Table of 6 - $3,500

· Table of 8 - $5,000

For more information, please visit pittsburghopera.org/DHB.